A 2001 photo shows Manssor Arbab Arbabsiar in a mug shot. Arbabsiar has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama is expected to nominate James Comey, seen in 2004, to be the next director of the FBI. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on May 15, 2007. NPR has learned that Comey is in line to become President Obama's choice as the next FBI director. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has proposed cutting three seats from a key D.C. appeals court. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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The Supreme Court declined to intervene in a case involving Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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